***Best & Final offers for the attention of Michaela Maldonado by 12:00 on Wednesday, 8th June 2022***
The Cottage is a very unassuming title for what is actually a wonderful unique home, with an elevated and completely private setting with exceptional views over undulating farmland to the coast. The house is located within its own delightful 33 acres of bluebell woods and pasture, at the end of a long drive through the owned land.
The house is of mellow brick and flint, under a pantile roof, and is now in need of updating. There is enormous potential within the current house, with about 2800 square feet of accommodation to enhance, adapt or add to. There are some fine rooms, in particular the dining room with large bay window providing some of the best views from the house, and the spacious sitting room, reception hall and living room. There are further useful rooms, with a future proofing ground floor bedroom with dressing room and bathroom and two further bath or shower rooms on the ground floor, a great kitchen space with Rayburn and pantry. There are two staircases, one up to a dual aspect double bedroom, and the other up to two further bedrooms.
The main entrance into the house is from a courtyard, which enjoys a south to south-west aspect which could certainly be a focal point for any project and designs, with the attached stable yard of traditional build providing further scope. The house and buildings are not listed.
The property has an excellent range of outbuildings. To the west of the house is a modern general purpose steel frame barn, measuring about 30.2m x 14.9m, providing substantial storage with solid concrete floor and large sliding doors on two sides. This could be utilised in many ways, for equestrian use or storage of vehicles, with the ability to be subdivided if required.
An original brick and flint stable yard adjoins the west of the house, in a traditional U' plan with a south facing aspect and enclosed by a high wall. These buildings comprise loose boxes, tack rooms, gardener's store and other store rooms, and again have the potential to be used in a variety of different ways.
Gardens and land
The property has a wonderful approach, with an unassuming entrance onto the long drive that sweeps alongside the woods before reaching an opening into the substantial area of pasture, with a park like appearance and formerly used for polo, almost circular in shape and bordered entirely by the wonderful woodland, under planted with bluebells. The drive continues through to woodland before meandering through to the parking area adjoining the stable yard, and continuing round to the steel frame outbuilding before re-joining the main driveway.
The immediate gardens around the house are mainly laid to lawn, with shrubs, herbaceous beds and mown paths. There is a former kitchen garden that could be re-used. A delightful enclosed courtyard adjoins the house with a south to west aspect, with herbaceous beds, box topiary and with a fantastic seasonal display of cowslips.
The woodland that the property enjoys are predominantly native broadleaf, with some fine examples of beech and oak, with areas of rhododendrons, and providing a quite wonderful backdrop to the house and park whilst ensuring complete privacy.
Agricultural Land (Lot 2)
To the south of the initial part of the drive is a 14 acre field of productive arable land.
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It was quite an experience when first visiting the house, following the long drive through owned parkland, wondering what may be at the end of it. There is a huge sense of arrival.Ben RivettProperty agent